Back again, and so soon?
Yes, here we are, seemingly only minutes after issue 9, the epically
delayed issue 9, the issue 9 which suggested that Alive mag had dropped
down to an annual release. Well we promised you a post-Outline issue, and
actually meant to get it done in a time-frame when the rest of you still had
the 'damn tasty' flavour of New York pizza still on your lips!
Alive post-Outline issue, not just a dry historical record, get it whilst
Alive 5th Birthday imminent!
We've made the half-decade! Or at least we will, come the 10th November
2005. Where the hell did the last five years get to? It's all passed by too
It was only a little while since I kicked the 10th anniversary issue of
Maggie out the STNICCC door, which means I've been typing strange word
combinations for the Atari scene for FIFTEEN years now, which is disturbing
to say the least!
So are we going to do something about this significant half-decade
milestone? I should think so, but don't ask precisely how just yet. I had to
make Cyclone aware of the matter at Easter, so I think it took him by
surprise as well.
Anyway, this should give you a rough idea of the deadline for the next
issue! Although I think we may release towards the end of the year, just to
give ourselves a bit more rest and relaxation time! So please send all
birthday-related goodies and normal article submissions to the usual place.
Coming up for the next issue!
Who said the scene was dying? Not us, and we'll present the evidence to show
that it is alive and thriving!
For the first time in a long while, I can predict some of the contents of
the next issue, at least from my end of the keyboard.
HARDWARE! - Alive 11 is going to be a hardware intensive issue, we have two
treats for you. What happens when we fit a 100mhz rev 6 '060 to an helpless
innocent CT60, and just how good is this CTCM thing anyway? We reveal all.
Other CT60 happenings will be reported, as they, erm, happen!
Also, we take an in-depth look at the new Mini-Mac. Yes, CiH as a bastion of
all-Atari purity finally crumbles, but in a different fashion, away from the
dull and mundane Wintel vibe. Indeed, the first part of this can now be seen
in this issue!
GAMES - We've finally seen 'Blum', the full version of the game. Now there
are still rumours of the mythical 'H2O' game from EKO. There has even been a
suggestion that this will appear soon? We will see!
DEMO'S - We said the CT60 demo revolution had been put on hold again, but
there are undercurrents of things happening and perhaps they will see
daylight before too much longer?? We'll tell you all about it!
A fake demo crew dear to all your hearts plots and strives, and maybe they
will have something new to show by the next issue?
5TH BIRTHDAY - I think we mentioned this already, but I'm pretty sure an in-
depth history of Alive, issue by issue, will get in there. Sort of thing
I'll be working on through the quiet summer months.
Easter Party '06?
What are we going to do?
There's an article elsewhere in the issue which discusses this topic
further. It was going to be part of the original editorial, but it sort of
got a life of its own and outgrew that role.
Handing over now....
Right, that's it from me for this issue, time for a few words from the other
bloke, the good looking one, give it up for Cyclone!
Well, what is still left to say? The next issue won't be released before xmas I
guess, since it needs more and more time to write and research stuff for
articles. Unfortunately I was really busy with real life things and it seems
Moondog has been suffering from the very same problem.
Not only that I didn't finish most of my own articles, I also forgot to mail
several people soon enough so their articles and interviews will have to wait
until issue 11 now. It seems the three month since last issue have passed in an
What is about to come?
With in the next few days or weeks a online poll will be installed on the Alive
website. We will try to determine what kind of article is demanded by the scene
perhaps we will be able to improve our diskmag that way, perhaps we will try
something completely new. The article "Future of Diskmagazines" gives you a
first impression what we are going to ask you.
Another important topic is the shell, it seems its still bugged and it causes
lots of work that could be avoided. Besides the falcon version still crashes on
music change, so I decided to deliver the ST(e) version only. However this time
we will supply a Falcon module done by Crazy Q, but you still have to switch to
ST compatibility mode before you start the shell. The memory issue is fixed so
the shell should run on 1 meg machines again.
Not to forget Alive comes bundled with a few releases and goodies:
- Crazy Q's - Beatbox Mania vol 2 (including a nice intro by DHS)
- Outline Bootsector Sourcecodes by GGN / P01 and Cyclone
- Alive Kolour Tagger Sourcecode by GGN / KUA Software Productions
- FCOPY DIM 2 ST Image Converter by GGN / KUA Software Productions
- And for historical reasons Dark Angels MusicMon 1.0 Intro
Like last time we have included these treasures within the FILEZ folder of
the disk, check it out!
Cyclone signing off ...